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Crash kills 12 pilgrims from city

Gaurav Bisht and Vijaita Singh, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala/New Delhi, June 21, 2007
First Published: 05:51 IST(22/6/2007) | Last Updated: 05:55 IST(22/6/2007)

Twelve pilgrims, all from Delhi, were killed and 25 injured after the bus they were travelling in to Vaishno Devi in Jammu, fell into a ravine near Dharamsala on Wednesday night. The victims were part of a pilgrimage party to the shrine.

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The injured are being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and

Research in Chandigarh. The accident occurred when the bus driver lost control while negotiating a sharp turn at Kanchi Morh. 

Raj Singh Gill, the driver, who escaped unhurt, told the police that a jammed steering wheel caused the accident. He has been charged with negligent driving.

Kangra Deputy Commissioner Bharat Khera has ordered a magisterial probe into the accident.

Baldev Singh Ahuja, operator of the tour, was among those who died. Two members of his family were killed as well.

DL Khurana, a relative of the Ahujas, said it was the first time in 23 years that they had changed their travel agent. “The bus took a different route this time and three members of my family have been lost forever,” he said.


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